William A. Adams, Member

William A. Adams
Direct
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Columbus Office
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Bill has a wide range of regulatory, transactional, and litigation experience from his thirty years of practice. He has a Martindale-Hubbell AV peer review rating, which represents a very high to preeminent legal ability and a very high general ethical standard. He negotiates and drafts different business agreements, many of which involve regulatory issues. He practices before various state agencies and courts, including the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the Ohio Power Siting Board, and on appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. His communications experience includes acquisitions, dark fiber agreements, rail crossing agreements, local interconnection agreements and arbitrations, alternative regulation, tariffs, customer service agreements, service quality issues, and competition complaint cases. His energy experience includes oil and gas, municipal aggregation, gas pipeline, power marketers, generators, power siting, customer agreements, and acquisitions and dispositions. Bill is the firm's Administrative Director and functions as chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Bill uses this experience to help clients obtain successful business resolutions to legal issues.

Noteworthy Experience

  • Ohiotelnet.com, Inc. v. Windstream Ohio, Inc., 137 Ohio St. 3d 339 (2013)
  • Royal Financing LLC v. Dominion East Ohio, Case No 06-623-GA-CSS (2006)
  • Payphone Association of Ohio v. Public Utilities Commission, 109 Ohio St. 3d 453 (2006)
  • Stephens v. Public Utilities Commission, 102 Ohio St. 3d 44 (2004)
  • In the Matter of Commission Ordered Investigation into Ameritech Ohio, 2002 Ohio PUC Lexis 723 (2002)
  • Petition for Arbitration of Ameritech Communications Service, Inc., 2001 Ohio PUC Lexis 523 (2001)
  • Application of PG&E Dispersed Generating for a Certificate, 2001 Ohio PUC Lexis 1102 (2001)
  • Petition of Ocom Corp. for Arbitration with Ameritech Ohio, 1997 Ohio PUC Lexis 863 (1997)
  • Sprint Communications Company, LP v. Ameritech Ohio, 1997 Ohio PUC Lexis 660 (1997)
  • Application of Ohio Bell Telephone Company for Alternative Regulation, 157 P.U.R.4th 595 (1994)
  • Application of Ohio Water Service Company to Increase Rates, 145 P.U.R.4th 320 (1993)
  • Wisintainer v. Elcen Power Strut Company, 67 Ohio St. 3d 352 (1993)

Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • Administrative Director, Bailey Cavalieri LLC
  • Member, Federal Communications Bar Association; Public Utilities Committees of Ohio State Bar; and Columbus Bar Associations
  • Associate Member, Ohio Telecom Association
  • Professional Member, Ohio Oil and Gas Association
  • Member and Former Director, Rotary Club of Upper Arlington
  • Life Member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Former Law Clerk, Judge Alan E. Norris, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Education

  • Capital University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1985)
  • Miami University (B.A., 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit